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After a three-year delay, Boeing's Dreamliner has finally completed its maiden commercial voyage.
After a three-year delay, Boeing's 787 Dreamliner has finally completed its maiden commercial flight.
As passengers boarded the plane in Tokyo, they were handed glasses of celebratory sake broken from a barrel by ANA's chief, Shinichiro Ito, and Boeing vice-president, Scott Fancher.
The project had been scheduled for delivery in 2008, but was struck by a series of setbacks – including an onboard fire during test flights last November.
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Dreamliner's maiden voyage was a special charter, and normal services are expected to begin in November.
According to the BBC, Boeing says the “twin-aisle, mid-size plane” has the largest windows in the industry. Boeing also says Dreamliner has higher cabin humidity and cleaner air.
The BBC reports:
"Because of the materials used in construction – carbon fibre rather than aluminum – as well as new engines and aerodynamics, Boeing says the Dreamliner is about 20 percent more fuel efficient than similarly-sized models flying today."
It is understood that Boeing plans to make ten of the planes a month from 2013.
Breaking Travel News said that rival Airbus has stepped up manufacturing of the A350 aircraft, opening a new base in Wales, Britain.